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Kabir

(1440 - 1518 / Pratapgar, Uttar Pradesh, India)

His Death In Benares


His death in Benares
Won't save the assassin
From certain hell,

Any more than a dip
In the Ganges will send
Frogs—or you—to paradise.

My home, says Kabir,
Is where there's no day, no night,
And no holy book in sight

To squat on our lives.

Submitted: Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Edited: Wednesday, May 02, 2012

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Translated from the Hindi by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

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